Ultra-Black Fish, the iMac Processor, and Muons: Lux Recommends #273

By Sam Arbesman, PhD

Welcome to Lux Recommends #273, this week’s edition of what we at Lux are reading and thinking about (want to receive this by email? Sign up here).

A 1990s iMac Processor Powers NASA’s Perseverance RoverSam

In Computero: Hear How AI Software Wrote a ‘New’ Nirvana Song: “Computer-generated artificial tracks by Jimi Hendrix, Amy Winehouse and Jim Morrison highlight a new project that helps bring attention to mental illness” — Adam K

Striatal dopamine mediates hallucination-like perception in miceDeena

Why Computers Won’t Make Themselves Smarter: ‘We fear and yearn for “the singularity.” But it will probably never come.’ — Sam

A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics: “It’s not the next Higgs boson — yet. But the best explanation, physicists say, involves forms of matter and energy not currently known to science.” — Adam K

The science and technology that can help save the ocean: “With only 19% of the ocean mapped and climate risk increasing, scientists and policy makers look for sustainable solutions from critical data.” — Bilal

These Ultra-Black Fish Are Almost Invisible, Cloaked in Nature’s Darkest Colours Adam K

Electric Aircraft Start-Up Accuses Rival of Stealing Its Secrets: “A lawsuit by Wisk, partly owned by the Google co-founder Larry Page, says two engineers took sensitive files before joining Archer.” — friend of Lux Brad Weinberg

A Pesky Insect Took an Evolutionary Shortcut: “Millions of years ago, whiteflies pilfered a plant defense, and they have been benefiting ever since.” — Sujude

And Steer Through the Suez CanalCameron

Comparing the Sizes of Fictional PlanetsSam

A dog in Russia grabbed the reporter’s microphone and ran away during a live broadcastAdam K

Journey to the MicrocosmosSam

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